General information about Northern Lights
Everyone knows some cannabis strains like the Northern Lights and it has achieved a legendary status.
If you are a normal cannabis user, there is a very good chance that you have tried either Northern Lights cannabis or a related strain like Super Silver Haze, Sour Diesel or Shiva Shunk, to name a few.
Northern Lights' exact lineage and history is shrouded in mystery and may be lost forever.
It is believed that it comes from the crossing of two well-known landrace tribes. On the one hand from a selected Afghani which has brought her the resilience and robustness. Secondly, from a Thai sativa. The dominating part of the Northern Lights is the indica part.
The most probable theory is that the variety originated in the Pacific Northwest without much attention and found its way to Holland where the two best phenotypes were crossed (Northern Lights # 5 x Nothern Lights # 2). The Northern Lights # 5 has played a very important role in this because the strength and the shorter flowering time come from this phenotype. Northern Lights # 2 gives the strain the exceptional taste and smell, expressiveness and strength of the high. Furthermore, the Northern Lights # 2 is a stronger plant which offers better resistance to mold and vermin than other phenotyoes.
The cultivation of Northern Lights
Due to its Afghan heritage, the Northern Lights is a very easy to grow plant. It even forgives the beginners of cannabis cultivation for some gross mistakes. As such, it is one of the best strains beginners should start with. Thanks to our feminized form of Northern Lights, the tedious sorting out of male plants is eliminated.
The Northen Lights rarely grows above 150 cm. In addition to being able to be planted in cooler regions, it is also very resistant to pests and many diseases. However, this does not mean that she does not need care. What you should pay attention to indoors, is to pay attention to a large fresh air exchange.
The Northern Lights is very productive and can achieve yields of up to 550 grams per square meter in the grow tent. The flowering time is typical for an indica-dominant variety with 7 - 8 weeks very short. Some phenotypes take a week longer.
Similarly, gardeners who plant outdoors benefit from their generous yield. The flowering period ends outdoors between mid and late September. Yields of 400 - 800 grams per square meter are the norm.
Northern Lights look and smell
The Northern Lights is a beautiful plant and is beautiful to look at from every perspective. The color scheme is very bright, with lush green and almost golden pistils. Northern Lights presents itself with compact, dense buds covered with a frosty silver white of trichomes. The stems divide every few centimeters, which gives the plant enough air to produce an excellent harvest.
The aroma of Northern Light is fresh, organic, with a slight skunky smell from a distance, which changes to a more complex one when the flowers are pressed lightly. Sweet citrus pine with hints of eucalyptus. When the flowers are ground, they develop a slightly sharper aroma. Musk-lemon smell which also reminds of burnt orange peels, mixed with a hint of pine.
The smoke of the Northern Lights
Gently sweet and lemony when inhaling, more like pine and musk when exhaling the smoke. Northern Lights cannabis definitely tastes the way it smells, maybe a little less spicy overall. The smoke and taste is of gentle quality - like a butterfly - but also has elements that can cause coughing when deep down. A vaporizer can mitigate this effect. The gentle experience with a stable taste with every train.
Some say this is a kind of “quiet pedal”, but the immediate feeling of euphoria and the strong, perhaps already overwhelming, cerebral effects after the first move. After a few more moves, the accompanying Indica High becomes noticeable, which ends with a good feeling and pleasure.
The effect of Northern Lights
The effect starts with a stimulating mental high that immediately improves the mood. Shortly afterwards, the indica portion comes into play, which gently leads the user to the next sofa.
The stimulating sativa effect is pronounced but by no means dominant. Then there is a warm, cozy feeling that immediately spreads over the whole body when the indica characteristics begin to manifest. The effect is very pleasant and it helps to relax tired muscles. If you use too much of it, the sofa is the only sensible place. On the whole, the Northern Lights is just meant to be lazy. A slightly dry mouth is sometimes negative.
Medicinal properties of the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights is used in the medical cannabis community when it comes to relieving stress or relaxing the user. The most popular areas of application include the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD and anxiety.
The sedative properties of this strain help with chronic pain such as back and joint pain, cramps and tension. Their main ability is their very relaxing effect which helps many users to fall asleep. For this reason, it is actually only intended for evening use.
Overall, Northern Ligths is a good example of "old school" genetics, enhanced by modern breeding techniques. The firm, indica-dominant buds with their thick trichomes and a cluster of bright colors make this plant beautiful to look at. It's almost a shame to smoke such a beauty.
While both the smell and taste exceed expectations, the indica dominance is clearly noticeable. Although technically a hybrid, most consider this strain to be an indica. The ratio of 95% indica and 5% sativa makes it clear why. Recommended for moderately experienced smokers, primarily in the evenings and on days off when strong relaxation is desired.
The typical high disappears after 2-3 hours. The Northern Lights strain has proven effective in the following conditions: stress, nervousness, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, depression, panic attacks, back pain, arthritis and other physical complaints and also insomnia. The only disadvantage of Northern Lights cannabis is that the original strains have become very rare and difficult to obtain. Mostly only closely related hybrids are available, but not the “right” Northern Lights.
Properties of Northern Lights
Genotype: Mainly indica
Genetics: Afghan Indica x Thai Sativa
Flowering indoors: from 7 to 9 weeks
Flowering outdoors: early to mid-October (northern hemisphere)
Outdoor production: up to 800 grams / plant
Indoor production: up to 550 grams / m2